London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is responsible for a big chunk of the UK’s aviation emissions.

Flights from Heathrow pump as much carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere as millions of cars every year.

Yet the Government's aviation plans include building a third runway at Heathrow.

This will mean a 70% increase in passengers by 2030. It'll make our climate change targets virtually impossible to meet.

Biggest - but not best

Heathrow is the world's busiest international airport.

It's also one of the world's most poorly sited airports. It was built in a heavily populated area and is surrounded by houses on three sides.

Planes fly overhead 24 hours a day causing serious health and social problems.

  • Noise 
    Over half a million people suffer noise levels above World Health Organisation standards.
  • Air pollution
    Thousands of people suffer air pollution exceeding EU health limits.
  • Danger
    Planes flying over homes make Heathrow one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
  • Traffic
    Heathrow causes more road traffic than any other development in the UK.
  • Homes and heritage
    A new runway would destroy 700 homes, villages, a church and a medieval barn.

Want to know more?

Why the Government must bin expansion
(PDF† - 109K) January 2009

Heathrow terminal 5 and runway 3 - broken promises
(PDF† - 96K) January 2009